Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck.
Swearfest over. Rantfest only just beginning.
There are serious moves afoot to allow universities to charge up to £7000 a year for tuition. Lord Browne’s team’s review appears to back this. So do the fucking Tories. And there’s a little thingy in the Coalition agreement that basically allows the Tories to proceed with this system of high fees even in the teeth of Lib Dem opposition.
£7000 a year! This says a lot. I will swallow a certain fee level – but £7000 a year is way, way, way above that level. Why aren’t people talking about this? My peers will probably be affected by this – why is no-one I know worrying about it? Where is the anger? I know this isn’t much, compared to America – but it has always been a point in favour of our university system that the lower fees (non-existent in earlier days) allowed more social mobility as more young people from poorer homes went to university.
Crippling debt is not something to be starting a life with. But they’ve got us in a bind – in a time when a degree is needed for more and more jobs and the job market is so much more competitive, we need the qualifications. So we have to pay. There are alternatives for some lines of study, but not all.
I’m scared and angry about this. They’re playing power games with my future, and there’s very little I can do about it. So I write about it. Just one more thing to add to the millions of issues about which anger is justified in our world today. In some ways, it’s minor. I almost feel guilty being angry about this when I have said barely anything about issues like the Roma expulsions in France, the case of Sakineh Ashtiani in Iran and many, many other things I’ve been reading about.
This is the future of generations, and ultimately of a whole society, a whole country, at stake here. It may not be life and death – but it’s still important.